There is no smellier place on earth than Rotorua, and that is primarily because most of the earth there is trying to escape. This sulphurous city sits atop a bunch of active volcanoes, who aren’t afraid to show you quite how active they are. Visiting one of the most accessible geothermally lively areas on earth certainly keeps you on your toes when darting around steam vents, bubbling mud pools and geysers.
To appreciate in just one tramp the sheer variety of New Zealand’s North Island beauty, nothing beats hiking full circle in the Bay of Islands. With stunning views across the bay and the opportunity to get deep in native bush forest, this cheery day hike from one Bay of Islands community to another links party town Paihia to Russell, aka the Hell Hole of the Pacific.
Cycling 90 Mile Beach is an awesome experience which is a must for any cycling visitors to New Zealand. Contrary to its namesake, 90 Mile Beach is not 90 miles in length, but an easy 55. Regardless of title, cycling the beach is magnificent. Saharan style sand dunes, windswept surf and hidden campsites, this is a North Island gem.